Dorset Dolphins VICC 2016 Season
We started training in January with a very depleted team of only 6 players, plus myself as player / coach.
Thankfully, by March we had recruited another 5 players, including our young 83 year old, Jean, who is the oldest player in the BCEW leagues.
Our first 3 matches against Surrey, Gloucester and Hereford were more training than competitive due to the number of new players,
We soon got into a great rhythm after lots of hard training and by June we had our first ever victory against Berkshire, followed by an away draw with Kent.
This was particularly promising as we only had 8 players for that match.
In the T20 quarter final in July, we played Berkshire away, and had a most enjoyable contest, needing 9 runs off the last over to win, but only getting 5.
This was followed by a stormy windy game against Metro during which we could only bowl from one end.
It was a close match but the wind was the winner on the day!
We finished our season at Hampshire in our local derby. Another closely fought match with us needing 9 runs from the final over (sound familiar?) Sadly we only got 7 this time! (Getting better!)
We sent 7 players up to Leicester University for the T10 development weekend. 5 of the players were all new to the game this season, including Jean!
We had a great weekend, winning 2 out of 6 matches, but it really was the taking part that mattered.
BCEW nominated two of our players as Best Promising Total Player.
The team has really developed this year, including a further 2 new players at the end of the season.
We have worked hard at becoming a united team, on and off the field. We love our new kit that The Primary Club helped to buy.
Jean 84 – Britain’s oldest visually impaired cricketer
Jean 84, is a member of the Dorset Dolphins visually impaired cricket team and is thought to be the oldest player in the national league.
Her first game she took part in was taking on the Gloucestershire Growlers.